What doctors can tell about your health just by looking at your feet

October 14, 2014

The feet do a lot more than simply carry us from place to place. They can also provide important clues about our health, from showing us if we’re dehydrated to pointing to bigger problems, like impaired circulation or lung disease. Changes in how your feet look or feel can be the first sign of serious issues that, if caught early, could save your life.

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Effect of oral nutritional supplementation on wound healing in diabetic foot ulcers: a prospective randomized controlled trial

October 7, 2014

Among people with diabetes, 10-25 percent will experience a foot ulcer. Research has shown that supplementation with arginine, glutamine and β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate may improve wound repair. This study tested whether such supplementation would improve healing of foot ulcers in persons with diabetes.

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Obesity, early puberty and why we should be concerned

September 30, 2014

Reports earlier this year of a dramatic decline in childhood obesity were too good to be true. According to results of a more recent analysis, published in JAMA Pediatrics, the widely-heralded drop in the proportion of overweight young children was probably a statistical aberration

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Study Assesses Minimally Invasive Osteotomy For Hallux Valgus

September 25, 2014

Issue Number:  Volume 27 – Issue 10 – October 2014 By Brian McCurdy, Managing Editor For years, surgeons have used minimally invasive techniques for various types of surgery. A recent study in International Orthopaedics says a third-generation minimally invasive technique shows good results for hallux valgus.

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How much should patients know about their doctors?

September 23, 2014

How much should patients know about their physicians? Transparency should go further than some doctors say is necessary, Leana Wen, M.D., founder of the Who’s My Doctor blog, told the Boston Globe. On the website launched last spring, Wen reveals in her own profile details beyond what a standard insurance company listing would include, such as how much of her income comes from clinical work versus research and other projects.

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Two Apple medical trials shed light on how HealthKit will work

September 18, 2014

Thanks to Ken Godat for this!!! __________ (Reuters) – Two prominent U.S. hospitals are preparing to launch trials with diabetics and chronic disease patients using Apple Inc’s ( AAPL.O ) HealthKit, offering a glimpse of how the iPhone maker’s ambitious take on healthcare will work in practice.

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Direct-pay practice: Ensure patients know financial risks

September 16, 2014

Although direct-pay primary care is now more affordable to the masses, many patients remain at financial risk should they need specialty or hospital care not covered by practice membership fees, according to an article from KHI News Service.

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Wearing the cure: 5 diseases wearables are tackling

September 9, 2014

Sometime in the near future, a wearable device will track every part of human physiology, every intake and output, and provide people with plans to optimize their lives for long-term health. The only question is whether you will use one device that tracks many health data points, or many devices that each do one thing really well.

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Health Care Marketing: How to Get a Leg Up on the Competition

September 9, 2014

Originally posted here: Health Care Marketing: How to Get a Leg Up on the Competition

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More docs seek satisfaction with new models, survey finds

September 2, 2014

As we’ve reported extensively over the past few years, physicians are frustrated with the higher burden and lower payoff (financial and emotional) of practicing medicine in the United States. But according to the latest snapshot provided by Physicians Practice’s fifth annual Great American Physician Survey, doctors now seek to take control and make changes to increase their professional satisfaction.

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